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US installs only 31 MW of utility-scale solar in October

The latest figures from the U.S. government show a particularly slow month for solar PV in October, as part of lagging utility-scale PV market in 2014.

Republican wins in the US Senate bode ill for renewable energy

Republican control of both houses of the U.S. legislature is expected to lead to renewed attacks on clean energy policies and environmental law in general. However, this may not effect the course of key policies by U.S. President...

Australia's 'father of PV' predicts solar costs will halve by 2025

Australian PV researcher Martin Green

The world leading researcher says the cost of solar PV will fall by 50% in the next 10 years, making it the cheapest of all energy technologies and help radically transform the world's power landscape.

NRG Energy posts 32% increase in third-quarter profit

Goal Zero personal solar devices

The California Valley Solar Ranch and Ivanpah solar plant boosted operating profits for the U.S. energy company's Renewables division. NRG's new solar assets also included Pure Energies and Goal Zero.

UK to add 1.3 GW utility-scale solar in Q1 2015, says IHS

Solar Farm, England.

The analysts expect the few months before the Renewable Obligation Certificates scheme ends will drive a bumper quarter for solar installations in the U.K.

Abundance launches Europe's largest crowd-funded solar project

Solar rooftop installation.

The U.K.-based crowdfunder hopes to install 749 solar PV rooftop systems in Scotland as part of a 3.1 million pound scheme.

PV Cycle collects first 10,000 tons of discarded PV modules in Europe

PV Cycle: PV module recycling

By the end of October, PV Cycle had made collections in 20 different European countries from 350 collection points. The organization has increased its figures from 80 tons in its first year of operation to 10,053 tons today.

Proinso begins distribution of ZeverSolar inverters in India

Proinso's 50 kW rooftop system near Mumbai.

The company has introduced a new PPA model in India for projects larger than 100 kW.

Dark days await Taiwan cell makers as US AD decision looms

Gintech Energy

Taiwanese solar cell companies struggling in the wake of U.S.-imposed AD tariffs may seek expansion overseas in an attempt to stay afloat once December’s decision is announced.

German solar alliance examines Brazilian plans for 680 MW PV manufacturing plant

The Itaipu Dam on the border between Brazil and Paraguay

Germany's Solar Cluster and its member organizations are looking to see whether the ambitious project is technically and financially feasible. Brazil's burgeoning PV sector is poised to attract German solar companies eager to...

Imergy taps Foxsemicon to manufacture modular flow batteries

Imergy storage system

The California-based energy storage group says it will benefit from Foxsemicon's vertical integration, strong process control and economies of scale. It will also reduce Imergy's manufacturing costs.

Hanwha SolarOne to develop 100 MW of distributed generation projects in Shandong, China

Yantai, China

The China-based PV manufacturer is set to develop PV projects in Yantai, a major port city in Shandong province. The municipal government will help secure rootop space, aid in obtaining financing and tax preferences and secure...

World's largest merchant solar project goes online in Chile

Etrion and SunPower have completed Project Salvador in Northern Chile, five months ahead of schedule. At 70 MW this the largest solar plant in the world which sells the electricity it generates on the spot market.

Phoenix Solar extends financing deal despite lower revenue, earnings forecast

Phoenix Solar 3.5 MW plant, Saudi Arabia

The publicly listed German PV system integrator has again revised its revenue and earnings forecast downward but offers a positive outlook for 2015 based on orders received. CEO Bernd Köhler has announced he will exit the company...

China best country for clean energy investment, study finds

20 MW solar installation, China.

Joint research by Climatescope and UK Department for International Development ranks China as the best country in which to invest in clean technology.

SunPower to build 160 MW panel fab in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

SunPower will manufacture high-efficiency solar panels at the new facility, which will also house its EPC and O&M offices, consolidating its South African operations under one roof.

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